Touro Governing Board
Meet the Touro governing board
Joy Braun, Chair
Joy G. Braun is an attorney in the Sessions, Fishman, Nathan and Israel, LLP law firm, where she serves as the firm’s product liability practice leader. She earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing degree with honors from Duke University in 1976 and graduated magna cum laude and Order of the Coif from Tulane University School of Law in 1981, where she was the presiding judge of the Moot Court Board. She has also served as a member of Tulane’s adjunct Trial Advocacy Faculty. Her commitment to improve the quality of life in New Orleans is manifested by her service on various boards and community organizations, including the South Central Region Advisory Board of the Anti-Defamation League, Touro Synagogue, and WRBH in addition to Touro Infirmary.
N. Knight Worley, M.D., Vice Chair
Dr. Newland Knight Worley, an otolaryngologist in private practice, has served as an active participant in numerous hospital committees since joining Touro’s medical staff in 1994. Dr. Worley has been a member of Touro’s Medical Staff Executive Committee since 1998 and was a past Vice President from 2002 – 2006 and President from 2006 – 2008. A member of the Touro Infirmary Board of Governors since 2006, Dr. Worley also holds positions on the Governing Boards of the Touro Infirmary Foundation and the Orleans Parish Medical Society. He is a graduate of the Tulane University School of Medicine and serves as an assistant clinical professor with the Department of Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery.
Jill Israel, Treasurer / Secretary
Jill Israel retired in 2016 from Entergy Corporation as Senior VP of Shared Services. Previous senior leadership roles included Chief Information Officer, VP of Financial Processes, and VP of Internal Audit. Additionally, Ms. Israel held key roles in several merger & acquisition efforts and had responsibility following Katrina for much of the business continuity efforts following Entergy's relocation from its downtown New Orleans corporate offices. Ms. Israel graduated from Cornell University with a BA in Economics and received her MBA degree from Tulane University. She is currently the Treasurer of Touro Synagogue and chairs the Touro Synagogue Foundation Investment Advisory Committee. Ms. Israel serves on the board of the Jewish Endowment Foundation and the advisory board of the South Central Region of the Anti-Defamation League. A native of New Jersey, Ms. Israel has lived in New Orleans since 1981.
Louis K. Good, III, Past Chair
Lou Good, who was born at Touro, has owned Fiber-Seal, an interior maintenance company in New Orleans since 1979 and is also an owner and the operator of the University Village Shopping Center. His father served as the Chairman of Touro Infirmary and his mother and grandfather have also served on its board. In addition to the Touro Infirmary Governing Board, Lou is currently a Vice President of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans, a past Chair of the URJ Henry S. Jacobs Camp, and a past President of Touro Synagogue.
Greg Feirn, President and Chief Executive Officer of LCMC Health
Mr. Feirn currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of LCMC Health, the parent company which manages Children's Hospital, Touro Infirmary, and the Interim L.S.U. Hospital. He has over 20 years of healthcare experience, including 15 years with Children's Hospital and five years with a "Big 4" accounting firm, Deloitte & Touche, LLP. His professional experience includes financial accounting, non-profit tax accounting, Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement strategy, investment portfolio management and operations, and healthcare-related academic research. He completed the MBA program at Tulane University's A.B. Freeman School of Business with an emphasis in finance, graduating with honors, and has his CPA accreditation. In his role as CEO for LCMC, he is responsible for management coordination of the LCMC Board of Trustees and for oversight and analysis of the System’s operations and investment portfolio.
Katherine Crosby, LCMC Health, Board Chair
The first female director in Fidelity Bank’s history, Katherine Crosby is the great-granddaughter of Allain C. Andry, Sr., one of the original founders of Fidelity Bank in 1908. Crosby was named chairman of the board in August 2010 and possesses broad knowledge in various aspects of the banking industry, particularly financial institution management. In addition to serving on the LCMC Health Board of Directors, she is on the Board of Children’s Hospital, WYES-TV, and the Poydras Home. Crosby earned a B.A. in Business Administration from Vanderbilt University and an MBA from Tulane University A.B. Freeman School of Business.
Allan Bissinger is the president of Electrical Sales Corporation, a family-owned New Orleans telecommunications business. He graduated from Auburn University with a BSEE in 1975 after which he returned to New Orleans. As a resident of New Orleans for the past 55 years, he has acquired board experience through his volunteer service with many community organizations. His connection with Touro began with his birth at the hospital and he has continued in the family tradition following in his father’s footsteps as a board member.
Kim M. Boyle is a partner in the Employment Law Group at Phelps Dunbar LLP. Ms. Boyle has practiced in all areas of commercial litigation, as well as employment litigation, tort litigation, and general litigation. She is a former Judge Pro Tempore of Division "I" of Civil District Court for the Parish of Orleans, as well as a former Assistant Professor of Law at Loyola University School of Law. Kim is a New Orleans native. She graduated from Princeton University before attending University of Virginia School of Law and returning to New Orleans in 1987.
Reuben Chrestman, MD, Touro Medical Staff President
Dr. Reuben Chrestman is a Radiologist serving on the Touro Medical Staff
since 2007. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of
Medicine. Dr. Chrestman completed his internship at Baptist Memorial Medical
Hospital in Memphis and his Residency in Diagnostic Radiology at the former
Charity Hospital in New Orleans. Dr. Chrestman has an extensive career
serving communities throughout Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee.
He is board certified by the American Board of Radiology with Special
Competency in Nuclear Radiology. He has held numerous leadership positions
on Touro’s Medical Executive Committee and holds professional memberships
with the Louisiana State Medical Society and American College of Radiology.
Mara Baumgarten Force
Mara Baumgarten Force is the Associate Director of the Master of Finance
Program at Tulane University. She received her BA in Political Science
from Yale University and MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg
School of Management. Before joining the faculty at Tulane in 2017, Mara
was a managing director and the Head of Private Client Trust at JPMorgan,
where she was an eighteen-year veteran of the firm. Mara serves on the
boards of the Jewish Federation, The Jewish Community Center, and Jewish
Family Services, and is a Young Leadership Fellow at the National Committee
on U.S./China Relations.
Andrew S. Jacobs
Andrew S. Jacobs, a New Orleans native born at Touro Infirmary, has been in the real estate business since 1982, with numerous properties in New Orleans and other cities throughout the south. His late father, Marvin Jacobs, served as former Chairman of the Governing Board of Touro Infirmary. In addition to serving on Touro Infirmary’s Governing Board, Andy currently serves as a member of the Touro Synagogue Board and the Hebrew Rest Cemetery Association. He received his BA from the University of Florida in 1984.
Ruth Kullman is the owner of Kullman Consulting which specializes in non-profit consulting and political fundraising. She received her B.A. and M.S.W. from Tulane University. Additional community involvement includes serving as past President of Touro Synagogue, Planned Parenthood of Louisiana, and New Orleans Outreach. She currently serves on the Boards of the Institute of Mental Hygiene and New Orleans College Prep Charter School.
Kathryn Lichtenberg (“Kathy”) is a retired regulatory lawyer who, in her role as Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, led Entergy’s regulatory practice before state and federal regulators until her retirement in 2017. Kathy moved to New Orleans upon graduating cum laude from Princeton University in 1975. She received an MSW from the Tulane School of Social Work in 1977 and graduated from Loyola University School of Law in 1983. Kathy was a partner at Monroe and Lemann and represented healthcare as well as utility clients (as well as other litigants) in various matters; in the mid-1980’s Kathy also represented Hospital Corporation of America in regulatory and legal proceedings. She joined Entergy’s Legal Department in 1995 where her practice focused on utility regulatory matters. For many years, she also advised Entergy management teams and executives with respect to a wide variety of issues as they arose in a dynamic work environment.
Kathy resides in the Warehouse District. Her husband resides at Poydras
Home. Kathy has over a decade of personal experience with healthcare facilities
and patient care in-home, outpatient and inpatient settings. Kathy’s
connection to Touro runs deep. Her husband made remarkable progress with
the encouragement of friends and family during the months he spent in
the stroke rehab unit. Kathy’s parents were Holocaust survivors,
and her contribution to an institution with Touro’s history would
make them proud. Kathy is an avid reader and an aging but relentless student
of ballet. She speaks French and conversational German.
Hugh W. Long, PhD
Hugh W. Long, PhD is Professor of Health Systems Management and Adjunct Professor of Law at Tulane University. He is a past member of Congress’s Medicare Payment Advisory Commission and former chair of the Medicare Geographic Classification Review Board. He is a consulting economic expert in health-related civil litigation and a frequent lecturer on fiscal management for the American College of Physician Executives. He also serves as the President of the Board of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.
Jonathan Schlackman is Senior Vice President and Branch Manager at Wells Fargo Advisors. Mr. Schlackman has more than 35 years of experience in financial services and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Touro Governing Board. He has been a member of the Touro Governing Board 2014, and served as chair of the Finance Committee from 2016-2018. Mr. Schlackman earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Jacksonville University.
Steven Yellin, M.D.
Dr. Steven Yellin has served the New Orleans community as a radiologist for over 35 years. Dr. Yellin cared for patients both in private practice and multiple hospital settings before joining the Touro Medical Staff in 2010. A graduate of LSU Medical School, Dr. Yellin completed his residency in diagnostic radiology at the Ochsner Medical Center Hospital, were he also served as Chief Resident. He is board certified by the American Board of Radiology and a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. Dr. Yellin has strong ties to the Touro community, as he was born at Touro Infirmary and served on the Touro Synagogue Board of Directors.
Ellen Zakris, M.D.
Dr. Ellen Zakris is Touro’s Director of Radiation Oncology. She is a graduate of Duke University School of Medicine and performed her residency at Harvard Medical School. She has extensive experience in comprehensive cancer treatment with special interest in breast, gynecological, pediatric, prostate, lung, and central nervous system (CNS) malignancies. Dr. Zakris treats adult radiation oncology patients at Touro as well as pediatric radiation oncology patients from Children’s Hospital. She serves on the boards of several local organizations, including the New Orleans Susan G. Komen for the Cure and Touro Synagogue.